Economic recovery plan to focus on public administration reform, says Mustapa

The government should redistribute civil servants according to the current needs of the sectors during the Covid-19 recovery phase, says Mustapa Mohamed.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Economic Action Council (EAC) is focusing on several key points in the long-term economic recovery plan, including reforming public administration in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic that hit the country earlier this year.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Mustapa Mohamed said the government, through the EAC, had conducted a series of workshops to help revive the economy, where today’s workshop, fifth in the series, centred on public institutions and governance.

“Today, we have the fifth workshop aimed at gathering ideas on the economic recovery. We assembled a total of 60 civil servants from various ministries to discuss the challenges we faced today. We also discussed how we can face the challenges after Covid-19,” he told reporters today.

The workshops have so far focused on several issues such as the readiness of the future workforce, empowering the digital economy, preparation for the changing global landscape and improving market and regulation quality.

Mustapa Mohamed.

Mustapa said the government should redistribute civil servants according to the current needs of the sectors during the Covid-19 recovery phase.

“We have to be fair. There are sectors that may require more staff than ever before (Covid-19) and there are also the opposite. We must also train our officers to be skilled now and in the future,” he said.

He also said the pandemic has opened up space for the government to implement transformation in terms of economic planning and administration as a whole.

“This is an opportunity for us to implement new policies. The global landscape has also changed where most countries are now protecting their interests, compared to free trade before. We will use this opportunity to ensure that we have sound policies that will ensure Malaysia can further strengthen its position,” he said.

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